The Royal Scottish National Orchestra, in partnership with the Edinburgh International Festival, is bringing 2019’s five-star performance of Götterdämmerung to the RSNO’s popular Friday Night Club on 26 June.
Last August audiences flocked to Edinburgh’s Usher Hall for the fourth and final opera in Wagner’s Ring cycle at the International Festival. The sold-out show brought in rave reviews and was a festival highlight for many classical music fans. Now at-home-audiences have a chance to re-live or newly discover this incredible performance with an hour of highlights for this week’s RSNO Friday Night Club.
The concert will be available to a wider audience than ever in the Friday Night Club’s series with options to view it on the RSNO’s YouTube and Facebook channels, and across the Edinburgh International Festival’s social media pages.
RSNO Chief Executive Alistair Mackie said: “We have been overwhelmed by the support and appreciation for Friday Night Club, and are so proud to be doing all we can to bring a live music experience to people’s homes in lockdown.
“The Festival’s Götterdämmerung performance last August was a memorable occasion for all of us that were there, and we’re delighted we can share the memories of that evening through our Friday Night Club series.
“We have a great partnership with Edinburgh International Festival who share our enthusiasm for this magnificent performance, and we thank them for their work in bringing this concert to people’s homes in Scotland, and around the world.”
Andrew Moore, Head of Music, Edinburgh International Festival, said: “Concert performances of Wagner’s Ring operas were highlights of recent Edinburgh International Festivals. After a stunning Die Walküre in 2017 we were delighted to welcome the Royal Scottish National Orchestra back last summer to bring the cycle to a close, re-united with Sir Andrew Davis and featuring a cast of some of the most outstanding Wagnerian singers of today.
“The Royal Scottish National Orchestra brings world-class performances to the festival every year and we are thrilled that this partnership takes Götterdämmerung to audiences across Scotland and around the world.”
The RSNO and Edinburgh International Festival thank the Dunard Fund for their support for the International Festival’s Ring cycle in concert.
Royal Scottish National Orchestra
The Royal Scottish National Orchestra is one of Europe's leading orchestras with a rich history stretching back over 125 years. It is one of Scotland's leading cultural institutions, and an orchestra with a variety of work that is almost unparalleled amongst its British peers. The RSNO continues to take a leading role in bringing music across Scotland during the challenging circumstances of the Covid-19 pandemic and thanks its audiences for their support at this time.
Edinburgh International Festival
Edinburgh International Festival is the world’s leading performing arts festival, featuring the finest performers from the worlds of dance, opera, music and theatre. Created in 1947 to celebrate the human spirit, the International Festival normally serves as an annual cultural exchange, every August, for an international audience exceeding 400,000 per year.
The 2020 Edinburgh International Festival was cancelled for the first time in its history due to concerns around the Covid-19 pandemic, but remains actively engaged in Edinburgh’s community and planning for future cultural activity.